The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Tooth Extractions in South Bend, IN

In the past, tooth extractions were a form of major surgery that resulted in long recovery times and less than stellar replacements for the lost tooth. However, over the past several decades, the dental field has made great advances in these procedures to help patients get back to their normal lives and enjoy a wealth of replacement options that can replicate the look of their lost tooth. Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, whether it’s something traditional like having wisdom teeth removed or removing a tooth that is severely damaged in an accident or has been subject to tooth decay over time.

In most of these cases, dentists will try to fix damaged teeth with crowns or other forms of dental reconstruction, but in some instances where the tooth is beyond repair, extraction is the only viable option. A tooth extraction procedure requires local anesthesia, and in some cases some patients will need to be sedated if the tooth is impacted significantly in the gums. The surrounding tissue and bone will have to be removed to expose the tooth, which can then be removed. Self-dissolving stitches are usually used, which will eventually break down and seal up the socket that has been left behind by the tooth.

In the period following the procedure, patients may experience some swelling and bleeding, and many dentists suggest rinsing out the mouth with salt water to remove any bacteria or blood that could accumulate in the socket. One of the most important factors to keep in mind after a tooth extraction procedure is to avoid “dry socket.” If the blood clot inside of the socket is allowed to be dislodged, this could expose the underlying nerves and bone, leading to severe pain and possible infection. If this occurs, patients may have to return to the dentist’s office for additional treatments to promote proper healing of the socket and reducing pain.

Along with regular mouth rinsing, dentists suggest washing out one’s mouth after each meal, avoiding any hazardous behaviors like smoking or drinking alcohol and being especially careful to avoid brushing near the extraction site for several days after the procedure. Ultimately, with a bit of care and consideration, patients can make it through the tooth extraction process unscathed and be ready to handle tooth replacements or other options down the road to restore their brilliant smiles.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Friendly & excellent service !!
Don H.
As always excellent service from hygenist, Becky.
Rebecc D.
Quick in job done without any pain
Eric W.
Everyone there is great!
Christin A.
Very pleasant experience
Anonymous
Very thorough and professional.
Jacquelin C.
Got in on time and everything went well.
Judy J.
I had an excellent experience.
Jamie T.
I find the people in this office to be friendly and professional.
Steven S.
I had a wonderful experience. I arrived early and was informed that the hygienist was out sick and they apologized for it. They offered to reschedule […]
Jacqueline S.
Been going to this clinic for almost two years now. I have enjoyed my experiences with this clinic and I am thankful to them.
Jamie T.
Very reasonable prices for people without dental insurance, courteous fast service!
Ryan K.
This morning at 8:30 I called for an appointment for what I thought was a cracked tooth. I had never been a patient there before, they got me in with […]
Amy darnell
Overall good experience.
Sherry D.
I love coming here! Fast, great work and painless!
Braedon T.
I was in pain over the weekend. I called Monday morning and they got me right in on Monday afternoon to take care of my very bad tooth pain. Thank […]
Jason P.
I have always had good service there . Been going there for about 15- 20 years
Ronald P.
Friendly, professional, and caring.
Mary B.
Friendly and caring staff. Always helpful with questions or concerns.
Richell K.
Marge always pleasant an professional. I only use her for my cleanings.
Kevin S.
very nice service in a timly manner
Larry C.
One of the best dentist appt I have been to
Leah N.
Marge was very good. She is an excellent dental heigist. So very glad I have her caring for my health and teeth. Thank you, Marge great job!
Sue B.
Dentist at the dental center are there to help you, not tell you things are wrong just to get more money out of you. They are all very friendly and […]
Rikki T.
My procedure took 4 hours, mainly because there was only 1 dentist and he had to handle many patients while I sat in the chair. There was more down […]
Jane B.
Had an emergency on my front tooth! Not only did they get me in right away but also worked quickly to get me a flipper tooth (in a day and a half)! […]
Angelia Y.
Very nice, helped me supa fast
Susan J.
They are very helpful and friendly..
Rena M.
Very professional & expert care, and only discomfort that I deserved. Great people.
Anonymous
Overall good impression. Got what I was expecting.
Lila K.
very professional
Anonymous
Even an extraction is no problem.
Michael A.
Great service and excellend customer service provided by staff.
Ariel E.
I appreciate the attentiveness and friendliness of the Dental Centers personnel. I feel they are interested in my dental and overall health.
Michael A.
Fast and painless!
Kelly T.
My hygienist was excellent and very professional
Soneka W.
Dr.Madu was very considerate of my level of comfort.
Peggy M.
No wait time, Very helpful and informative as to the procedure and what to expect. Excellent staff and dentist.
Anonymous
The people are friendly and courteous and the work on my tooth was completed in a timely manner.
Tricia W.
Outstanding caring people, always know me by name also.
Kevin S.
The staff was very courteous and nice. The service I received was very good. My wait time was minimal.
Marvin J.
I had a great experience at the dental center. They are flexible with appointment times and the staff (front desk, hygienists, and doctors) is very […]
Anonymous
By far the best experience I have ever had while having to get a filling replaced.
Tammy W.
For my first time at this practice, everyone was very nice and courteous..I felt like they really care
Treviea W.
excellent and courteous service
Joseph V.
While I did have a couple of resin fills fall out, I don't believe that was the fault of the technician (my bad). They were replaced right away and […]
Timothy F.
Love this office. Everyone treats you great
Gayle B.
Everyone very courteous and professional as well as friendly!
Lisa R.
Excellent service provided by hygienist Becky W.
Rebecc D.
Very kind and professional people work here. My experience was very good.
Joan W.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (574) 367-7000
Fax: (574) 245-7530
Healthcare Financing with
CareCredit
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

For appointments, call us at: (574) 367-7000 or
Request an Appointment
For appointments, call: (574) 367-7000
Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
Our Location